The good folks on another thread about low-carb eating are currently talking about coconut oil and its benefits. They're doing fine on their own, so I thought I'd bring this up as a separate thread. The relevance to OSA is that those of us with untreated OSA are thought to be at greater risk for developing dementia and Alzheimer's. I'm watching my 90 year old dad decline day by day, and his confusion is sometime palpable. So here's some more food for thought.
Many of us have read that there is anecdotal evidence which appears to support the belief that there may be a benefit to those suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia to go low-carb. Going cold-turkey, as it were, reduces serum glucose levels and elevates the levels of ketones. Here's a video from a physician who makes a case for improved cognitive function by feeding the patient medium chain triglycerides, such as are found in coconut oil. The liver processes the coconut oil, increasing the production of ketones. The brain can run on both glucose and ketones, and perhaps there is some merit in what she says.
Coconut oil is wonderful tasting stuff, has a high smoke point and is a good substitute for peanut oil in stir-frys. And if you have a prediliction to consume vast quantities of Thai food, as do I, you will be familar with its taste. Several years ago, coconut oil got a bad rap from the health-police to the effect that it raised cholesterol. More recent studies indicate that ain't so; the overall cholesterol profile is actually improved by eating coconut oil. However the authorities are reluctant to admit they were wrong.
Here's a vid' that 'splains Dr. Mary Newport's findings: http://www.cbn.com/media/player/index.aspx?s=/mp4/LJO190v1_WS
She also has a book out since last October: http://www.amazon.com/Alzheimers-Disease-What-There-Cure/dp/1591202930/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1329603360&sr=8-1
which I just ordered.
B.C. (Before CPAP) AHI 73.4/hour; felt lousy, had recurring bronchitis and cough
A.C. (After CPAP) AHI 0.1 - 0.3/hour typical; feeling great. Cough and bronchitis immediately ceased!
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